I wouldn’t describe myself as a huge fan of dogs, or sports, but this summer I’ve gotten more acquainted with both.
Unlike my granddaughter, Kendall, I am not drawn to every dog. From the time she was a toddler she approached all dogs without hesitation. It has been profitable for her. She is the Numero Uno dog sitter in her neighborhood. She would probably care for her four-legged friends for free. Volunteering at the Greenville Humane Society is the highlight of her week.
I have also gotten to know “Daisy,” a precious blond cocker spaniel with the softest fur I have ever touched. She is always beautifully groomed. Her mistress taught her to ride in a kayak, harnessed in, naturally, and she loves it.
There are also a couple of pet rabbits in my San Diego neighborhood. They get daily stroller rides. Although they are brothers, they fight and can’t be together in the same stroller.
The most unusual dog I’ve seen this summer was a Great Dane/pit bull mix. A half-hour walk through Dog Beach acquaints a person with dozens of breeds, some not too handsome.
I’ve recently been to three football affairs, a Padres game and the boat races on Mission Bay. The first football experience was a team practice at Chargers Park in Kearny Mesa. Son Tony and I got to see coach Norv Turner, and General Manager A.J. Smith. Although it was very warm, Smith was hatless and wearing a long-sleeved jacket.
We got to see many high-caliber athletes and it didn’t cost a thing. It was sobering to see these world-class athletes have to practice like everyone else.
Even though this is not an accurate survey, most of the fans seemed to be wearing Phillip Rivers No. 17 jerseys.
At the San Diego State University Aztec’s Family Day the latter part of August we found ourselves in Qualcomm Stadium watching a scrimmage on a gorgeous, summer evening. The goalposts were smaller than usual, and they were chartreuse. I don’t have any idea what the reason was for choosing that color.
Sept. 10 my son Steve and my friend Jean and I attended a University of San Diego football game at Torero Stadium. It is a wonderful stadium in a beautiful setting. USD played West New Mexico that night. Many enthusiastic blanket-draped fans came from New Mexico. Toreros downed WNM 30-10.
A few days before the USD game Jean and I were fortunate to be invited to a great game between the Padres and the San Francisco Giants at Petco Park. The Padres won 3 - 1. No longer will I be content to watch a game at the park in the sunny section. We were spoiled. This time we watched the game from Tower Loft 6. This stadium suite offered a perfect view of the baseball diamond, and had all the amenities: sofas, easy chairs, refreshments, seating inside and outside, and a restroom. Huge thanks to Jon and Jack Vessey for their generosity.
Son Steve and I took in the boat races at Mission Bay recently. “Spirit of Qatar,” with David Villwock behind the wheel, took first place in the unlimited hydroplane event. A pair of ear plugs was a good thing to have as they zoomed around at 200 mph in their 3,000 horse-power boats. The Coronado Speed Festival was even noisier last weekend.